Next month’s Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction will see eight collectible Ducati units hit the block, including a “pristine” 2008 Desmosedici RR racebike replica.
The limited-edition Desmosedici RR is a road-going replica of Ducati’s 2008-era MotoGP machine.
Just 1500 units were ever built, all of which were already spoken for before production began, and just 120 were allocated for the Australian market.
Priced at the time in excess of $100,000, the Desmosedici RR was made particularly desirable by Casey Stoner’s MotoGP campaign with the factory Ducati team.
The example on offer at the upcoming Shannons auction, which will take place from November 11-18, is badged number #0606 and is expected to fetch between $65,000-$75,000.
Also on offer is a never-ridden 1997 Ducati 916 Senna II with just 11 kilometres on its odometer, which is expected to sell from $45,000-$55,000.
The Ducati 916 Senna was built to commemorate Formula 1 world champion Ayrton Senna, who endorsed the Ducati brand before his death in 1994.
Three Senna editions were released in 1995, 1998 and 2001, with all proceeds from their initial sale donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna charity.
An original condition Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica, fitted with the factory-optioned Conti mufflers, is expected to sell from $30,000-$38,000.
Only 1100 of this 973cc V-twin MHR were built in 1986, the bike’s final year of production.
Shannons says that the unit on offer “has a nice patina of age”, but has nothing that “needs obvious attention”.
A yellow Ducati 750 Sport Classic, coming from long-term ownership, will be offered at the upcoming Shannons auction with an expected selling price of $38,000-$44,000.
It has not been registered for “many years”, and therefore is said to require “minor recommissioning before being used”.
Fresh from a recent engine restoration, a 1971 Ducati 450 Scrambler in “excellent condition” will be offered with no reserve, and is expected to garner somewhere from $12,000-$15,000.
With its 436cc capacity engine, the 450 Scrambler was the precursor of the modern motocross bike and Ducati was at the forefront of the craze in the early 1970s with a series of overhead-camshaft singles designed specifically for riding on dirt.
The upcoming auction will also feature a 1978 Ducati 850 GT ($15,000-$18,000), a 1988 750 F1 ($20,000-$25,000), and a 1973 Ducati 750 GT ($25,000-$30,000).
The eight Ducati models up for auction are among 37 classic motorcycles and scooters that will be on the block at the Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction next month.
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